Beyond Seduction Deceit Betrayal

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When I saw her after so long, for the first time in a very long time, I found myself wanting my revenge. I wanted a simple revenge, however my better half wanted something beyond that. In appeasing her demands, it brought out a most unselling part of me, knowing that the person capable of making both my better half and I feel this way, was tied directly to my yearning toward our road to vengeance.

Author's note

Professional published eBook version can be found here. Available in ePub, Kindle and PDF. ISBN: 9780463875858. This book is part of Smashwords' "Premium Catalog": the book has been approved to ship to retailers that Smashwords works with.

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The KnM Blade Universe timeline of novels,

Smashwords.com : Kixi Rajki / Professionally published eBooks. These then get distributed to online book stores such as iBooks, Amazon, Kobo, Scribd, Ficton DB, Livraria Cultura, Barnes & Noble, that's just naming a few. :-)

- KnM Blade: She Jhasmin & I Kixi (Coming in early 2020)
- KnM Blade: Part 1. ISBN: 9780463729267.
- KnM Blade: Part 2. ISBN: 9780463849057.
- KnM Blade: Part 3. (Coming in mid to later half of 2020)
- KnM Blade: I Love You And You Love Me - The Wedding Of Kixi And Mako Jhasmin. ISBN: 9780463160930.
- KnM Blade: Beyond Seduction Deceit Betrayal. ISBN: 9780463875858
- KnM Blade: Time's Arrow (Delayed. Coming in 2020)

How they appear here on Movellas.com bellow,

- KmM Blade : She Jhasmin & I Kixi, (In Progress - early 2020)
- KnM Blade in Destiny's Way (Main project. Single book will consist of 4 parts. Part 1 and Part 2 compete. Part 3 is in progress - mid to later part of 2020. Smashwords versions will have parts published as separate books).
- KnM Blade : I love you and you love me : The Wedding of Kixi and Mako Jhasmin (Complete)
- KnM Blade : Beyond Seduction Deceit Betrayal (Complete)
- KnM Blade: Time's Arrow (Delayed. In progress - 2020)

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KnM Blade Timeline as of 2019/2020

PREQUEL SERIES
3011 - She Jhasmin & I Kixi (Available by early 2020)

MAIN SERIES
3016 - KnM Blade: Part 1 (Published 2019-01-03)
3016 - KnM Blade: Part 2 (Published 2019-01-03)
3016/17 - KnM Blade: Part 3 (Available by mid to later part of 2020)

POST DREX / SKYCOM ERA SERIES
3018 - I Love You And You Love Me. The Wedding of Kixi And Mako Jhasmin (Published 2018-06-15)
3028 - Beyond Seduction Deceit Betrayal (Published 2019-07-13)

FAR FUTURE SERIES
3039/42 - Time’s Arrow (KnM Blade version. Available by 2020.)

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Proposed KnM Blade Timeline

PREQUEL SERIES
3010 - Formula Zero Speedster
3011 - She Jhasmin & I Kixi (Available by early 2020)

MAIN SERIES
3016 - KnM Blade: Part 1 (Published 2019-01-03)
3016 - KnM Blade: Part 2 (Published 2019-01-03)
3016/17 - KnM Blade: Part 3 (Available by mid to later part of 2020)
3017/18 - KnM Blade: Part 4

POST DREX / SKYCOM ERA SERIES
3018 - I Love You And You Love Me. The Wedding of Kixi And Mako Jhasmin (Published 2018-06-15)
3022 - Corporation Wars
3028 - Beyond Seduction Deceit Betrayal (Published 2019-07-13)

FAR FUTURE SERIES
3039/42 - Time’s Arrow (KnM Blade version. Available in 2020)
3044 - Total Recall (KnM Blade version)
3052 - Reunion: Part 1 (KnM Blade version)
3052 - Reunion: Part 2 (KnM Blade version)
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27. Chapter 17.

Chapter 17.

 

In a pleasant room with a wall of windows, Mako Jhasmin Zaneca stared into Celestia City’s Bay and pretended a calm that she did not feel. The water glittered in the sunlight. There were days when she craved the shore, laid flat like paper, where she would rest her chin against the grains of sand. The tide would draw a breath and hum deeply, as it crawled along the sand on its belly. It would then stretch itself thin, until it was an inch from her nose. And then she would blow, will the ocean back with her breath, and watch, as it drew away and breathed. 

Her thoughts slowly trailed off as the seriousness of her position sunk in. She couldn’t believe what was happening, she thought angrily. After all she had been through, having played a major role during the Battle for Sol that had helped shape the Zhann Alliance— She couldn’t believe that the Alliance Council still insisted on a court martial.

Mako smoothed the sleeve of her uniform jacket. She wondered if she would still have the right to wear her uniform or her insignia after the next few hours. However she could not answer the question. She could not even be certain how she would react when the tribunal delivered its judgement. 

She wondered how I was holding up. I had gathered myself here this morning to wait through another day with my wife. I didn’t speak much, there wasn’t much more I could say nor do. I held her hand, just so she could feel my warmth, and my care. When I wasn’t holding her, I sat nearby, fidgeting, glowering, and hating the wait— We both hated the wait.

Every so often Kajtia came to visit, trying to make a joke, and I tried to laugh. Mako continued to gaze at the water while I rose and crossed the room to stand with Kajtia who had only just entered the room. We quietly chatted to ourselves on opposite ends of the room, whilst Mako continued to stand alone, staring out the far window.

My best friend was worried most about me, more than she was with Mako. She knew me well enough and could read me like a book. Outrage lit me from within. 

"Kixi, whatever happens, you aren't to make any foolish gestures." 

"I have no idea what you're talking about, Kajtia," I said stonily.

"A protest. An outburst, or resignation. The sacrifice of your life as a Züncålazin, to make a point. I think you do know what I mean." 

I faced her, my eyes intense. "And do you also think nobody noticed what Mako was doing during the testimony? Taking everything as her own responsibility? If you want to convince somebody not to make a sacrifice, she hasn’t got much moral ground to stand on! I'll tell you what I think. I think this court martial stinks, and I don't intend to keep my mouth shut on the subject no matter what happens!" 

Kajtia frowned. "Be careful what you say Kixi. Mako was the one who without authorisation colluded with Skycom’s CEO. It was not your responsibility—" 

"No, Kajtia, it doesn’t work like that. We all make our own choices. I didn’t know what my wife had been up to regarding her dealings with Skycom, but the moment the police came to arrest her, I refused to hand her over. I knew all too well that what I was doing was by no means lawful by perverting the course of justice.”

“Okay Kixi, so you tried to help her run from the cops, bad as it may be, you were not the one who committed treason. You surely can’t try to stand with Mako, and assume part accountability for what she did. Where will that leave you? As a mindless puppet, following blindly without any sense of your own ethics." 

"Now wait one minute!" I started to protest, then cut myself off. I could see Kajtia’s point. By trying to draw some of the blame to myself, I had, in a strange way, behaved thoughtlessly.

"No. You're right. Mako Jhasmin acted on her own as far as colluding with Skycom is concerned.”

I offered my hand. After a moment, Kajtia grasped it hard and I pulled her in for a hug. Softly, I whispered in her ear: “It pains me, deeply, to see my Jhasmin in this predicament— And to watch her face the council all alone.”

Just as Kajtia and I let go of each other, the door opened. Everyone in the room fell silent. The chancellor appeared in the entryway. 

"The council has returned," she said, and led Mako from the anteroom. After they were gone, Kajtia and I exited. 

“There is something I quickly need to do, Kajtia.” I said once we were in the corridor.

“— You’ll see in a few minutes,” I quickly added before she could question me, turning, and hurrying down the opposite end of the corridor.

 

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As Mako entered the council chamber, whispers brushed her hearing. Spectators filled the observation seats and the spaces around the walls. Kajtia sat with her husband Chris. Paige, Ālrai and many others that she knew were also present, but, to Mako’s surprise, I was nowhere to be seen.

Though grateful for their support, Mako did not acknowledge their presence, nor did she become disheartened at my absence. She assumed that I had probably chosen to sit alone somewhere else away from the others, and had therefore not noticed me. 

Eyes front, she strode to the centre of the council chamber— alone. On the floor, the seal of the Zhann Alliance formed an inlaid circle around her. Behind the wide bench, the members of the council gazed down at Mako. Their expressions revealed no hint of their decision. 

A louder murmur, a collective whisper of astonishment, rippled across the audience. Someone walked across the chamber with long, quiet strides. I stopped beside Mako and came to attention like Mako had. Having quickly gotten changed, I, too, wore a Zhann Alliance uniform. 

"Züncålazin Rajki," the council president said, "you do not stand accused."

"I stand with my wife," I replied. “I was responsible for her attempt at evading arrest. I violated and disobeyed a direct order by refusing to surrender her to the authorities when ordered to do so. Furthermore my actions of reckless driving, demonstrated a total disregard for the law and authority, jeopardising the lives of others. If you intend to charge my wife for treason, then you can charge me as an accessory after the fact."

"Kixi!" Mako turned to face me. She was white as chalk. Her eyes and her mouth were frozen wide open in an expression of stunned surprise. "No! What are you doing?"

My brain stuttered for a moment and my eyes took in more light than I expected. Every part of me went on pause while my thoughts caught up. I placed one hand on Mako's shoulder, and then turned my head to face the council members. "Her fate shall be mine."

"This is absurd." Mako cried out in protest, and removed my hand from her shoulder. "Kixi had no involvement in regards to any of my secret and unauthorised dealings with Skycom. The evidence she has brought forward to this court is irrelevant to the case."

"— Quiet, Mrs. Zaneca. That is not for you to decide. However, I will ask you once, and only once. Do you, Mrs. Zaneca, testify the claims made by Züncålazin Rajki as truthful?"

Neither Mako nor I moved a muscle. I could hear my own heartbeat; I could even hear Mako's nervous breaths.

"It's a simple question that has been brought forward before you, Mrs. Zaneca. Or must I remind you of the consequences for deliberately steering this council away from the truth."

A muscle twitched involuntarily at the corner of Mako's right eye, her mouth formed a rigid grimace. “Yes, sorry, Mr President." With arms folded tightly across her chest, she tapped her foot lightly and all the while stared directly at the president.

"Mrs. Zaneca, the council is awaiting your response."

"Yes. Well, I won't discount Kixi's participation— of her part as an accessory after the fact— of her attempt to stop the authorities from arresting me. What she claims, it's true, all of it."

"Very well, as you wish then." The president touched each of us with his intent gaze. 

"The charges and specifications are conspiracy; Assault on USS officers; Negligent and reckless driving which may have resulted in grievous bodily harm or death; Theft of Alliance codes, Alliance property; Espionage; Treason; and, finally, disobeying a direct order so as to evade arrest. How do you plead?"

Mako formally read out her plea. "On behalf of all of us, Mr, President, I am authorised to plead guilty." 

"So entered. Hear now the sentence of the Zhann Alliance Council." He glanced down at his documents, cleared his throat, and looked up again.

"Mitigating circumstances impel the tribunal to dismiss all charges except one." The spectators reacted. A glance from the president quieted them. 

"I direct the final charge— away from Mrs. Zaneca, and, by admittance of guilt by the real culprit, the charge of disobeying the orders of a superior officer, at Züncålazin Kixi Rajki alone." He gazed at me, his expression somber.

"I am sure the Züncålazin will recognise the necessity of discipline in any chain of command."

"I do, sir," I replied, realising that if I had actually surrendered Mako, that she would have been let off, and I not gotten myself into this mess. All the same, had Mako been alone when the police had come to arrest her, she would not have surrendered, meaning that this final charge would have been directed at her. I figured, that in the end, better it was me than her.

"Kixi Rajki, Züncålazin, it is the verdict of this tribunal that you are guilty of the charge against you." 

I stared ahead, stony faced, but inside I flinched.

"Furthermore, as a Züncålazin, you have an obligation to represent the Zhann Alliance in its external affairs, and, that you do so above all other things. I cannot stress this enough, that, you do not serve the interests of one person, that of Mrs. Zaneca over the interests of the Zhann Alliance. Therefore it is the judgement of this tribunal that you be stripped of all ambassadorial duties."

“Your constant reckless behaviour, and your total disregard for disobeying orders can no longer go unpunished. Therefore your privileges granted to you as an ambassador for the Zhann Alliance by the Züncålazin Order have now been revoked. The tribunal decrees that at a time deemed appropriate by the Züncålazin Order, that it allocates Züncålazin Kixi Rajki back to duties for which she has repeatedly demonstrated unswerving ability: duties that in no way conflict personal interests with those of her obligations to this sovereignty."

The reaction of the crowd washed over me. I forced myself not to react. But a shout of astonishment and relief, a shout of pure happiness, trembled beside my heart. Things could have been far worse for Mako, but she had been let off.

"Silence!" The president exclaimed. Slowly, the audience obeyed.

"Mako Jhasmin Zaneca, inadvertently you prevented Skycom Corporation from decimating an entire world. Your attempt to infiltrate and bring down its CEO ultimately would have failed, but your actions slowed them down, thwarting their attack by giving us enough time to intervene. However, if we take into account the severity of your actions, you have been let off lightly. Mrs. Zaneca, consider this as a word of warning, that this council will not be so lenient on you in the event that any such actions were to ever be repeated."

"Bravo!" Mako recognised the voice of Jak Zed, but a hundred other voices drowned him out. In another moment she was surrounded by well wishers, acquaintances, strangers, all wanting to congratulate her, to shake her hand. She complied, but she hardly heard or saw them. She was searching for our friends and found them across the far side of the chamber. I who had remained closely by her side, reached out, grabbed her, and drew her into a bear hug. Mako returned it, then grasped me by the shoulders and looked me straight in the eye. 

"You can always appeal, you know," Mako said.

I stared at her for a moment, speechless. And then I noticed the smile Mako tried to hide. I started to laugh. Mako gave up trying to keep a straight face. I laughed, too— finally, after too long, back to my old self. 

"There would be no point in that, Jhasmin." I whispered, making sure only she could hear me. "I'm always going to put you first even if it lands me in hot water."

We eased our way between spectators until we reached Kajtia, Chris, Ālrai and several others, hugging each other and shaking hands. 

Paige stood nearby, perhaps more stunned by a positive verdict regarding Mako than by the negative one that had been handed down to me. 

"Congratulations, Mako," she said, keeping a straight face.

"Thank you, Paige," Mako said. Paige wanted to tell something more to me, but the onlookers pushed between us.

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